Agritourism Trend Sweeping Nation

A new trend is sweeping the nation, inviting everyday citizens to “get back to their roots” and enjoy their local farms. Called “agritourism”, farms across the country are making their lands available, for a fee, to tourists from all over. Picking fruits and vegetables, navigating corn mazes, and shopping for locally-made products are just a few things these farms offer. And while the trend is catching on elsewhere, Londonderry, NH has always been a hot spot for agritourism!Inside the Sunnycrest Farmstand in Londonderry, New HampshireDrive by one of the four farms located in town (Mack’s Apples, Sunnycrest Farms, Elwood Orchards, and Merrill Farms) on any given weekend from mid-to-late September through the end of October and you’ll notice lines of cars in the parking lots, children and adults alike picking through apple trees, pumpkin patches, and farm stands.

Make a day of agritourism in Londonderry during the fall by visiting each of the farms: swing by Merrill’s in the north end where you’ll find freshly laid eggs for $2 a dozen; head south towards Mack’s for a wide selection of pumpkins and apples; go west to Sunnycrest to feed the farm animals and pick up a fresh batch of cider donuts; finally, travel southwest to Elwood for their dozen-plus acre corn maze, open days in September and days and nights in October!A New England Farm Market at Mack's Apples in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Apples and Pears line the shelves.

Fall is not the only season to enjoy agritourism in Londonderry, though. Fruit picking is hot at Sunnycrest when the weather heats up, offering strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and more; Merrill’s offers year round farm fresh eggs; and when the snow begins to melt in March, Peterson’s Sugar Shack starts smoking, making their famous maple syrup.

Agritourism, also called agrativities or agritivities, was featured on NBC Nightly News earlier this week. Be sure to watch the video below to learn about this new trend. Also, visit our Agrativities page to learn more about Londonderry’s agritourism!

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Londonderry Corn Maze Fun for All Ages

Elwood Orchards, located on Elwood Road in Londonderry, boasts the area’s largest corn maze. Now with its expanded size to more than twelve acres of corn, the maze is a great way to spend a few hours wandering with family and friends this fall.

A short trip from the Massachusetts border, straight up Interstate 93 to Exit 4, the orchard is a hidden jewel in southern New Hampshire. Featuring shell beans, apples, tomatoes and more, the farm is open from 8 AM, but “you gotta be outta the field by 6!”

The corn maze is open during the days now, but will be open night as well starting in October. What better way to start the spookiest month of the year with a moonlit corn maze? Dress warm, grab a flashlight, a group of friends, and head over to Elwood Farm. The maze will keep visitors entertained with its twists and turns and blind alleys. Visitors can ask for help at any time, as workers will gladly pull the lost from the maze.

For $9.00 per adult, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free.

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Area’s Largest Corn Maze Now Open!

Elwood Orchards, located on Elwood Road in Londonderry, boasts the area’s largest corn maze. With an estimated twelve to fourteen acres of corn, the maze is a great way to spend a few hours wandering with family and friends this fall.

A short trip from the Massachusetts border, straight up Interstate 93 to Exit 4, the orchard is a hidden jewel in southern New Hampshire. Featuring shell beans, apples, tomatoes and more, the farm is open from 8 AM, but “you gotta be outta the field by 6!” (This according to Wayland Elwood.)

The corn maze is open during the days now, but will be open night as well starting in October. It will keep visitors entertained with its twists and turns and blind alleys. Visitors can ask for help at any time, as workers will gladly pull the lost from the maze.

We talked with Bill Elwood and asked a few questions on how they set up this mammoth maze.

How do you decide what the maze will look like?

“We plan the entire maze out on a sheet of graph paper. It’s a long winter in Londonderry, so we have lot’s of time to work in all the turns, and blind alleys.”

Do you plant the corn in the shape of a maze?

Bill Chuckled at this question. He did tell us how it is done but made us promise we would not tell anyone. “One thing I can say is the grid from the graph paper is transferred to the field so it matches the plan.”

What about the corn, do you feed it to the cows when you are done?

“We plant a variety of Corn for the maze that grows very tall and dense, it has worked great for us for since our first maze in 2005. After Halloween, we till the corn back into the ground to fertilize the maze for next year.”

For a low price, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free.

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Corn Maze Growing and Open for Fun

Elwood Orchards, located on Elwood Road in Londonderry, boasts the area’s largest corn maze. Now with its expanded size to twelve acres of corn, the maze is a great way to spend a few hours wandering with family and friends this fall.

A short trip from the Massachusetts border, straight up Interstate 93 to Exit 4, the orchard is a hidden jewel in southern New Hampshire. Featuring shell beans, apples, tomatoes and more, the farm is open from 8 AM, but “you gotta be outta the field by 6!”

The corn maze is open during the days now, but will be open night as well starting in October. What better way to start the spookiest month of the year with a moonlit corn maze? Dress warm, grab a flashlight, a group of friends, and head over to Elwood Farm.  The maze will keep visitors entertained with its twists and turns and blind alleys. Visitors can ask for help at any time, as workers will gladly pull the lost from the maze.

For $8.00 per adult, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free.

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Elwood Corn Maze Open Now, Don’t Miss Out!

Elwood Orchards, located on Elwood Road in Londonderry, boasts the area’s largest corn maze. With an estimated eight acres of corn, the maze is a great way to spend a few hours wandering with family and friends this fall.

A short trip from the Massachusetts border, straight up Interstate 93 to Exit 4, the orchard is a hidden jewel in southern New Hampshire. Featuring shell beans, apples, tomatoes and more, the farm is open from 8 AM, but “you gotta be outta the field by 6!” (This according to Wayland Elwood.)

The corn maze is open during the days now, but will be open night as well starting in October. It will keep visitors entertained with its twists and turns and blind alleys. Visitors can ask for help at any time, as workers will gladly pull the lost from the maze.

We talked with Bill Elwood and asked a few questions on how they set up this mammoth maze.

How do you decide what the maze will look like?

“We plan the entire maze out on a sheet of graph paper. It’s a long winter in Londonderry, so we have lot’s of time to work in all the turns, and blind alleys.”

Do you plant the corn in the shape of a maze?

Bill Chuckled at this question. He did tell us how it is done but made us promise we would not tell anyone. “One thing I can say is the grid from the graph paper is transferred to the field so it matches the plan.”

What about the corn, do you feed it to the cows when you are done?

“We plant a variety of Corn for the maze that grows very tall and dense, it has worked great for us for since our first maze in 2005. After Halloween, we till the corn back into the ground to fertilize the maze for next year.”

For a low price, friends and family can enjoy inexpensive laughs together in the corn maze at Elwood. Children 5 and under are free.

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Free and Inexpensive Londonderry Fun this Weekend

With this weekend’s weather looking more like July’s weather than October’s, the four farms in Londonderry will be hustling and bustling! Add to that that it’s a holiday weekend for many, and parents will need to find a way to keep children entertained. That’s where Elwood Orchards comes in.

The southern Londonderry orchard is a wonderful way to spend the day. One can apple pick and pumpkin pick. Or come to the orchard and spend hours lost in the area’s largest corn maze, and enjoying free hay rides! Elwood Orchards is the only farm in Londonderry that features a corn maze and hay rides.

The farm is still run by Mr. Elwood, now well into his 90′s. He can see be seen out and about on the farm, ringing up customers or chasing varmint away from his prized corn.

This year’s price for the maze, now about eight acres big, is $7 per person, with children 5 and under free. The corn maze opens daily, along with the rest of the farm, at 8 AM. The maze is open into the night during the entire month of October for added spooky fun! The hayrides are absolutely free for everyone.

Stop by Elwood Orchard this weekend; the weather will be just right for spending a day outside. Click here to learn more about Elwood or to get directions.

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